Parabens And Skin Care - Why We Should Care
A few of our more recent posts have involved discussing what exactly can be found in our prebiotic skin care products. Aleavia Plant-Based Prebiotic Skincare believes that organic simplicity is the key to unlocking beautiful, healthy skin. Our all-natural skin care products are comprised of 7 plant-based ingredients — with each being intentionally included to fulfill a particular purpose. From Acadian Sea Kelp and coconut oil to plant-derived glycerin, aloe, and sea salt, our organic skin care brand is dedicated to helping your body fulfill what it is already trying to do — rebalance and hydrate the skin on your face and body.
Prebiotic Skin Care At A Glance
The science behind prebiotic skin care underpins our entire plant-based skin care brand. While most folks are familiar with probiotics these days (feeding your gut the “good bacteria” it needs, in so many words) prebiotics are more of a novel concept to most. Prebiotics, conceptually, isn’t that complicated! It is essentially feeding the good bacteria and beneficial microbes found on your skin’s microbiome, the teeming ecosystem on your skin that is comprised of billions of microorganisms. When people use antiseptic skin care products that destroy the good and bad microbes, the skin is no longer in balance.
When the skin on your body and face is no longer balanced, trouble arises in the form of common skin problems like rosacea, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and beyond. Aleavia Prebiotic Skincare products are nutrient-rich, giving starving skin vital nourishment. Prebiotic skin care moistures the skin through our organic extra-virgin coconut oil while the soothing aloe vera purifies the skin. The end result is a radiant, hydrated, natural glow that is often the best most people have ever achieved.
Some of the best uses for Aleavia Purifying Facial Cleanse, along with many other of our prebiotic skin care products, are listed below.
- Clearing face and neck acne
- Reducing scars from acne
- Alleviating rosacea
- Lightening sun spots
- Reducing fine lines
- Reducing facial pigmentation caused by hormone changes and pregnancy
- Stabilizing pH of the skin
“Skin Is So Soft!”
Victorianna Chavez, had the following to say in her five-star testimonial she wrote to us about our prebiotic face wash and prebiotic body wash: “So I've been using the face wash and mist/ lavender body wash for ten days now and I really do love it! I recommend that when you wash your face you really rub it in for like thirty seconds because I saw more of a change when I did that. My face is so soft after using it. The body wash is also great, I like how the lavender is stronger than most lavender washes. I'm giving it four stars because the price is a little high, it's a gel so it doesn't foam up and feel as clean when you're washing your body, and your eyes will burn if you get the smallest amount in so be careful! The face mist also burns my eyes so it's hard to miss your eyes with a spray so when you open it's like bam!”
As you can no doubt already tell, we are thrilled about the ability to share what we have found to be the most effective form of skin care on the market. There’s nothing fancy about it — just seven pure ingredients and a developed understanding as to what many modern cosmetic and skin care products do to our skin when we “zap” the good bacteria with the bad. The concept of restoring our gut’s beneficial microbes and those found are our skin is largely the same, if that helps you conceptualize what is happening. We need to help our body do what it already is doing well for itself, rather than stripping away its defenses, sending it careening it a polarized state of dryness or over-oiliness, if that’s a word!
As the title of today’s post already alluded to, we will be spending the remainder of this blog discussing the nature of parabens and how they relate to the skin care world, along with what you should know and do about it. Knowing what is actually in your skin care and cosmetic products is important, because most of us are applying these formulas to our skin regularly. Over time, the results are likely to compound, as evidenced by Mercola’s estimate that the body can absorb up to five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year!. All of us need to be sure that what we are feeding our skin on a consistent basis is contributing to our wellbeing.
What Are Parabens?
Simply put, parabens are preservatives of a synthetic nature that are utilized in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, and personal care products like shampoos, moisturizers, and even deodorants. There are various types of parabens, as you might find ingredients like “propylparaben,” “methylparaben,” or butylparaben” found on several of the products housed in your bathroom cabinet. Parabens are included in these products so that they don’t turn over time, as some products are made to last for years. We aren’t sure why someone would want shampoo or deodorant to last numerous years, but that’s none of our business we suppose!
At Aleavia Skin Care, we don’t like to be negative. But we are proponents of the truth. In the same way that antibacterial products aren’t doing what we have been told they were, for decades and decades, parabens are a popular component that are said to have an unwelcome impact. Are they safe to use?
There has been extensive research with regard to parabens and how they impact the human hormonal, or endocrine, system. For a long time, there has been concern regarding estrogen disruption, in particular, in addition to problems linked with parabens that include premature puberty, decreased sperm production, and breast cancer. In the 90s, parabens were labeled xenoestrogens, meaning that they were considered agents that mimic estrogen in the body. This led to paraben levels being restricted in common products in numerous countries. This was the result of one British study, administered by Phillipa Darbre, Ph.D., which found parabens within breast cancer tissue. However, and we do mean however, the study has been poured over by other experts, who have critiqued the study for failing to examine non-cancerous tissue from healthy breasts in order to see if parabens were also present there. Essentially, this means that there is no reason to think that the parabens had anything to do with the cancer itself.
Though The American Cancer Society, the FDA, Health Canada, The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, and The Personal Care Products Council have all expressly stated that parabens have no associated health risk, we at Aleavia Prebiotic Skin Care have made sure we do not carry any skin care products with parabens. It very well may be that parabens are innocuous, but we also have long enough memories to remember many other times when seemingly the entire medical community was sure on a particular topic, only to realize years later they’ve been telling people falsehoods for decades. We aren’t fear mongering, we aren’t conspiracy theorists, for goodness sake, but we understand that time changes our understanding of health and medicine.
On the flip side, organic, natural, plant-based ingredients are never going to be potentially deemed unhealthy years later. That’s just not a thing, folks.
Aleavia Plant-Based Skin Care Is:
- 100% natural and organic
- Non-toxic and GMO-free
- Chemical- and paraben-free
- Free of all fragrances and dyes
- Safe for everyone in the family, even baby
- Always cruelty-free
When you choose Aleavia and our organic skin care brand, you are opening yourself up to the possibility that our society might have been getting it wrong — for a long time. But beyond who was wrong and who is right, it’s about being healthy and whole, for the first time for many. We encourage you to read a few of our testimonials, learn more about the science of prebiotic skin care, and try it for yourself. Healthy, hydrated, glowing skin is possible. Shop Aleavia today!